Knatchbulls Act (The Workhouse Test Act) 1722

Parishes were to set up workhouses, either individually or in “union” with other parishes. The first Workhouse in Chesterfield was built in South Place in 1735-7. Those provided for in workhouses were not entitled to further relief as the workhouse provided shelter, food, clothing and work.


DCCC000355Chesterfield’s first workhouse, built in 1735-7 in South Place and used until 1839 when the workhouse on Newbold Road was completed.

Image courtesy of Derbyshire County Council and